MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2013

“The more filmmakers that feature oral sex as normal and non-symbolic, the less hostile it becomes for the MPAA–and the more it’ll be embraced by culture more generally.”
How Evan Rachel Wood Identified H’wd’s Cunnilingus Problem


“Kyle, Stephen’s movie about my story is meant to be a testament to good things, not an attack.”
Philomena Lee Confronts NY Postie Kyle Smith For His Slime Slam

NY Times

“New York at midcentury was a monochrome town, or so its best-known documentarians would have us believe. But Saul Leiter saw it as a quiet polychrome symphony—the glow of neon, the halos of stoplights, the golden blur of taxis—a visual music that few of his contemporaries seemed inclined to hear.”
Margalit Fox Obit Goes Long For Saul Leiter

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Who are the critics speaking to?
Nobody seems able to answer the question of how you can make theatre criticism more appealing, more clickworthy. One answer is to be a goddamn flamethrower every week, be a bombthrower, to write scorched-earth reviews. Just be completely hedonistic and ego-driven in your criticism, become a master stylist, and treat everything in front of you onstage as fodder for your most delicious and vicious language. That’s one road. And people may enjoy your writing. The thing that’s sacrificed is any sense of a larger responsibility, and any aesthetic consistency. I don’t think anyone is following that model right now—just being a complete jerk.

Well, Rex Reed is still writing.
Ah. Well, you can also be a standard bearer, and insist that work doesn’t measure up to your high standards. But I think the art makes the standards. I’m not going to sit there and say, “This is the way you do Shakespeare.” I believe that every play establishes its own standards, and our job is to just evaluate it. But everybody’s looking for the formula for how to talk about culture so that people who don’t have any time to read want to read about it. Is there something beyond thumbs-up, thumbs-down criticism? I would hope there’s a way to talk about a theatre event in real time—meaning while it’s still going on—in a way that’s engaging, funny, witty, and evaluates the elements of the thing. But it’s like if you had a friend who was like, “Gee, are you working out? You look great. But that’s a terrible haircut.” Nobody wants that person around.
~ Time Out’s 17-Year Theatre Critic, David Cote, Upon His Exit

“Now I am awake to the world. I was asleep before. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up either. They said it would be temporary. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bruce Miller